There’s no place like Lake Geneva in the fall. Truly. It’s remarkable. The area may be a popular summer spot, but suffice it to say, Lake Geneva flourishes during the autumn months.
With exquisite lakeside estates, world-class resorts and countless tucked-away gems, this Walworth County destination has got it goin’ on year-round. Break out your fall jacket—we’re exploring a handful of the area’s top events, activities and lodging opportunities worth discovering when the leaves start to turn.
Black Point Estate – Lake Geneva
This mansion—errr summer cottage—belonged to the wealthy family of Mr. Conrad Seipp, a Chicago business mogul. This Queen Anne-style home stayed in the family for 120 years and four generations. That’s just a smidgen of what you’ll learn when you tour the stunning Black Point Estate on Geneva Lake.
Lake Geneva Balloon Company – Lake Geneva
Heaven explained: Hopping aboard a humungous, colorful balloon and gliding above a crimson Lake Geneva during the autumn months. Our crew filmed the area from the sky last year and I think it’s safe to say, it was one of our most memorable shoots to date. The scenery is stunning, and the experience itself is simply magnificent.
Oktoberfest – Lake Geneva
Downtown Lake Geneva’s annual Oktoberfest celebration includes all the festival favorites like fun music, great food and lots of shopping plus hayrides and pony rides, a bouncy castle, caramel apples and more! Oktoberfest: You had me at bouncy castle.
Another celebration perfect for the whole family, this Delavan resort-hosted fest touts old-fashioned yard games (think three-legged and gunny sack races) and scarecrow building. Special guests include a balloon sculptor, caricature artist, face painter and fortune teller. There’s even a decorate-your-own-doughnut station. (Say whaaaaaat?!)
Medusa Grill & Bistro – Lake Geneva
Serving up Mediterranean and American cuisine, Medusa offers fine dining in a casual environment. I recommend the grilled calamari, halibut, ribeye, pasta primavera and—ah heck! You’re just gonna have to try this place out for yourself. Take my word for it: You’re going to love the food and atmosphere. Just make sure to call ahead to reserve a table!
Oakfire Restaurant and Pizzeria – Lake Geneva
If you love pizza (and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t?!), you’ll love Oakfire Restaurant & Pizzeria on Wrigley Drive. Take in the gorgeous views Geneva Lake has to offer while enjoying their delicious Neapolitan-style pizza, which is prepared to perfection in a wood-fired oven.
This unique 90-acre shorefront property is the only full-service hotel in Lake Geneva. At The Abbey Resort, an award-winning spa, 1,000-square-foot arcade and fabulous dining options await. The Abbey Resort also hosts interesting events throughout the year such as the recent Geneva Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show.
Lake Lawn Resort – Delavan
Situated on 250 acres with beautiful Delavan Lake as its backdrop, Lake Lawn is a renowned resort in the state of Wisconsin, and for very good reason. Reasons, actually—take advantage of an 18-hole golf course, tennis court, lavish fire pits, the Calladora Spa and much, much more!
Maxwell Mansion – Lake Geneva
About a five-minute walk to the lakefront, Maxwell Mansion is one of the most unique lodging choices in the Lake Geneva area. For starters, you can participate in a musical murder mystery dinner (which is amazing) and rest your head at the mansion itself or just across the yard at the Carriage House & Stables (which is stunning).
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Mariah Haberman is the host of Discover Wisconsin, the nation's longest-running travel TV show. She hails from Evansville, where she was brought up in a family of seven in a small farmhouse outside of town. Some of her favorite memories include Lake Michigan fishing trips with her Dad, showing sheep at the Rock County Fair and buzzing around the farm on an ATV with her little brother. Tweet her: @MariahHaberman